Is there one leadership quality that rises above the rest?
A fascinating examination of that very question, done by the Harvard Business Review, answers with an unequivocal “yes!”
Or, to quote a phrase, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
No other leadership quality had a bigger effect than employee respect.
Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development.
Here’s The Breakdown
Those who get respect from their leaders reported:
- 56% better health and well-being
- 1.72 times more trust and safety
- 89% greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their jobs
- 92% greater focus and prioritization
- 1.26 times more meaning and significance.
Those who felt respected were 1.1 times more likely to stay with their organizations than those who didn’t. And people who said leaders treated them with respect were 55% more engaged.
Unfortunately, over half (54%) of employees claimed that they don’t regularly get respect from their leaders.
The HBR survey is a great look at the impact of leadership skills. Be sure to check it out.